Today in disaster resilience (30 November 2018)

disaster

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

6.4-magnitude earthquake hits western Iran: Iran institute https://phys.org/news/2018-11-magnitude-earthquake-western-iran.html

Queensland bushfire evacuation order widens and conditions set to get worse this week https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-26/queensland-bushfires-fires-deepwater-baffle-creek/10553422

California’s deadliest fire on record is 100% contained, officials say https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-camp-fire-contained-20181125-story.html

Vietnam – Tropical Storm ‘Usagi’ Leaves 1 Dead and 100,000 Displaced Vietnam – Tropical Storm ‘Usagi’ Leaves 1 Dead and 100,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-tropical-storm-usagi-november-2018

Iraq floods leave 21 dead and tens of thousands displaced https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-floods-leave-21-dead-and-thousands-displaced-432744640

‘Once-in-100-year’ storm triggers Sydney chaos as heat fans Queensland fires https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-weather-floods/australias-wild-weather-floods-sydney-fans-deadly-bushfires-idUSKCN1NW2G1?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

8,000 evacuated in Queensland bushfires https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/emergency-crews-brace-for-fire-storm-conditions/news-story/ff0b5b6abb18a84cf4ec66c2b17eb35b

Deadly landslides hit Morona Santiago, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2018/11/28/deadly-landslides-hit-morona-santiago-ecuador/

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Nov 2018: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Dukono, Turrialba, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/72028/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-29-Nov-2018-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Dukono-Turrialba-Sangay-Saku.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A Grave Climate Warning, Buried on Black Friday https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/national-climate-assessment-black-friday/576589/

Fourth National Climate Assessment: Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/

The warming may be global, but adaptation will need to be local https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-oakes-global-warming-adaptation-local-20181125-story.html

Vanuatu says it may sue fossil fuel companies and other countries over climate change https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/22/vanuatu-says-it-may-sue-fossil-fuel-companies-and-other-countries-over-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

125,000 buildings at risk from first metre of sea level rise https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/11/20/329590/125000-buildings-worth-38bn-at-risk-from-first-1m-sea-level-rise-draft-report

UN 2019 Climate Summit http://www.un.org/en/climatechange/

Climate May Force Millions to Move and U.S. Isn’t Ready, Report Says https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-23/climate-may-force-millions-to-move-and-u-s-isn-t-ready-report

Assessing adaptive capacity and adaptation: insights from Samoan tourism operators https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17565529.2017.1410082?journalCode=tcld20

Climate change: UK summers could be over 5C warmer by 2070 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46343103

The UK Climate Projections 2018 (UKCP18) delivers a major upgrade to the range of UK climate projection tools designed to help decision-makers assess their risk exposure to climate https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/collaboration/ukcp/about

WMO Update: 75-80% chance of El Niño within next 3 months https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/wmo-update-75-80-chance-of-el-ni%C3%B1o-within-next-3-months

Report: Climate change communication in practice: how are we engaging the UK public on climate change? https://climateoutreach.org/climate-communications-in-practice-engaging-uk-public/

How to be more engaging when communicating around climate change https://theclimatecommsproject.org/climate-communication-in-practice/

Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46347453

Emissions Gap Report 2018 https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2018

The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/opinion/climate-change-denial-republican.html

Climate change could lead to threefold increase in storms that bring flooding to Europe and North America, research shows http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_694511_en.html

New study questions Kerala flood link with climate change http://vigyanprasar.gov.in/isw/kerala-flood-link-with-climate-change-story.html

Yes, Prime Minister, I’m striking from school: consider it a climate lesson https://www.theage.com.au/national/yes-prime-minister-i-m-striking-from-school-consider-it-a-climate-lesson-20181127-p50iqd.html?btis

Climate change signals and impacts continue in 2018 https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-change-signals-and-impacts-continue-2018

Temperatures on track for 5-degree rise by 2100 after another hot year https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/temperatures-on-track-for-5-degree-rise-by-2100-after-another-hot-year-20181129-p50j8g.html

Mapping Just Transition(s) to a Low-Carbon World http://www.unrisd.org/jtrc-report2018

Why rising seas will force coastal residents to move – or spend https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/29/climate-report-trump-tried-to-bury-rising-seas-coastal-residents

Explainer: What is Global Warming? https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-45971337/explainer-what-is-global-warming

 

Disaster risk reduction

Venice’s grand plan to stop flooding isn’t going to work https://qz.com/1461629/venices-grand-plan-to-stop-flooding-isnt-going-to-work/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Italy’s PM: DRR ‘fundamental for all governments’ https://www.unisdr.org/archive/62105

Forest holiday homes in WA’s Nornalup beautiful, but dangerously vulnerable to bushfire https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-25/bushfire-concern-for-nornalup-holiday-homes-in-wa-forest/10521682

Mexico launches public-private network for DRR https://www.unisdr.org/archive/62109

Heavy rains and blocked drains: Nairobi’s recipe for floods http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/11/18/heavy-rains-blocked-drains-nairobis-recipe-floods/

‘It’s going to happen again’; Victoria has $2.4M to buy homes at risk of flooding https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/government/it-s-going-to-happen-again-victoria-has-m-to/article_c85dae54-edcc-11e8-ac55-7facf43412a8.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Multimillion-dollar Canmore debris dam set to break ground in 2019 https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/multi-million-dollar-canmore-flood-retention-structure-set-to-break-ground-in-2019

New Zealand’s North and South Islands moving closer together https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/23/asia/new-zealand-islands-closer-together-scli-intl/index.html

Fire Facts: What are? Measures of Fire Behavior http://www.nwfirescience.org/biblio/nwfsc-fire-facts-what-are-measures-fire-behavior?platform=hootsuite

This Is Why The Solar System’s Largest Volcano Will Always Be Martian https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/08/31/this-is-why-mars-will-always-have-the-solar-systems-largest-volcano/#757e5b7960f6

How UAVs can help mitigate flood damage to properties https://environmentjournal.online/articles/how-uavs-can-help-mitigate-flood-damage-to-properties/

Water release from dams didn’t lead to Kerala floods: IIT-M-Purdue University study https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/water-release-from-dams-didnt-lead-to-kerala-floods-iit-m-purdue-university-study/article25570143.ece

Half of the world’s measured precipitation that falls in a year falls in just 12 days https://news.ucar.edu/132637/half-worlds-annual-precipitation-falls-just-12-days-new-study-finds

The Uneven Nature of Daily Precipitation and Its Change https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL080298

National Disaster Mitigation Program Supports Flood Prevention and Mitigation in B.C. https://www.watercanada.net/national-disaster-mitigation-program-supports-flood-prevention-and-mitigation-in-b-c/

How Flood Control Officials Plan To Fix Area Floodplain Maps https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/in-depth/2018/11/26/312880/how-flood-control-officials-plan-to-fix-area-floodplain-maps/

Focus on smarter rebuilding in hurricane zones  https://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2018/11/26/focus-smarter-rebuilding-hurricane-zones-opinion/2094619002/?platform=hootsuite

Why I Became a Disaster Expert http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/11/became-disaster-expert/

The Dawn of Interplanetary Geology https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/insight-lander-mars-nasa/576622/

Fire-Resistant Homes Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune, Report Says https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-27/fire-resistant-homes-don-t-have-to-cost-a-fortune-report-says

Flooding From Intense Rainfall (FFIR) is a 5 year NERC funded programme which aims to reduce the risks of damage and loss of life caused by surface water and flash floods http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/flooding/

Understanding flood risk in America http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/what-we-do/american-floods/?platform=hootsuite

Beauty or safety? Europe seeks to protect heritage from disasters https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-disaster-culture/beauty-or-safety-europe-seeks-to-protect-heritage-from-disasters-idUSKCN1NV1T2

New El Nino could bring flooding this winter, meteorologists warn https://news.sky.com/story/new-el-nino-could-bring-flooding-this-winter-meteorologists-warn-11565396

Why do houses burn but trees remain? Photos from California wildfires reveal lessons for B.C. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/photos-from-california-wildfires-reveal-lessons-for-b-c-1.4905324

Exploring the Role of Implementing Agencies in Home Buyouts: Process, Equity, and Inclusion in Program Design and Implementation https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/exploring-the-role-of-implementing-agencies-in-home-buyouts-process-equity-and-inclusion-in-program-design-and-implementation

An initiative to strengthen multi-hazard early warning systems in the Caribbean https://reliefweb.int/report/world/caribbean-strengthen-early-warning-systems-and-resilience-climate-change

Real Estate Development in Flood Zones Is Surging in Some States http://mentalfloss.com/article/564513/real-estate-development-surging-in-flood-zones-states-mapped

Rain &Floods, Nigeria’s Biggest Seasonal Problem http://africa.annews24.com/?p=488

A national look at the causes and impacts of urban flooding https://cdr.umd.edu/urban-flooding-report

Mitigation projects yield positive return on investment in coastal, inland states https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/11/20/new-report-strengthens-economic-case-for-flood-prepared-infrastructure

Why can’t Sydney cope when it rains? https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/why-can-t-sydney-cope-when-it-rains-20181128-p50iyj.html

Climate change affects flood risks https://phys.org/news/2018-11-climate-affects.html

 

Emergency Management

California’s Privileged Are Hiring Private Fire Crews to Save Their Homes. Regular Firefighters Aren’t Happy About It http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Californias-Privileged-are-Hiring-Private-Fire-Crews-to-Save-Their-Homes-Regular-Firefighters-Arent-Happy-About-it.html

Putting People with Disabilities on the Map http://www.al.undp.org/content/albania/en/home/presscenter/articles/2018/putting-people-with-disabilities-on-the-map.html

Expert Reaction: Extreme weather as fires and floods sweep across Eastern Australia https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/expert-reaction-extreme-weather-as-fires-and-floods-sweep-across-australia#

Implementing post-earthquake reconstruction plans in China: a resilience perspective https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329249866_Implementing_post-earthquake_reconstruction_plans_in_China_a_resilience_perspective

Young people most at risk in a flood, warns Environment Agency & British Red Cross https://www.gov.uk/government/news/young-people-most-at-risk-in-a-flood-warns-environment-agency-british-red-cross

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A new approach to disaster education https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/63/

UNDP and People in Need continue collaboration to realise a weather-ready climate-smart Cambodia https://adaptation-undp.org/undp-and-people-need-continue-collaboration-realise-weather-ready-climate-smart-cambodia

Geography: Shaping Australia’s Future including natural hazards research https://www.science.org.au/supporting-science/science-policy-and-sector-analysis/reports-and-publications/geography-shaping

Audio story of the California wildfires https://beta.prx.org/stories/260121

Flood Forum USA https://anthropocenealliance.org/floodforumusa/

Become a citizen scientist for flooding and other extreme weather using the WeatheX app https://climateextremes.org.au/weathex/

Interdisciplinary Risk Communication Pressure Cooker http://www.wateryouthnetwork.org/understanding-risk/

What to do in a flood https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/what-to-do-in-a-flood?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=TwitterNationalStatic&utm_campaign=FloodsDestroy

Communication and Dissemination of Forecasts and Engaging User Communities https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B978012811714900019X?via%3Dihub#!

Do you rent your home? Do you know if it’s at flood risk? https://news.derby.gov.uk/do-you-rent-your-home-do-you-know-if-its-at-flood-risk/

 

Social Media for Emergency Management

The perils and possibilities of using social media as an academic https://medium.com/@mark_carrigan/thought-leaders-ted-heads-and-self-replicating-media-nodes-the-perils-and-possibilities-of-using-8c320ca3462c

Viral fake images of Sydney weather make a return during thunderstorms https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-29/the-fake-photos-of-the-sydney-flooding/10566278

 

Disaster psychology

More firefighters accessing mental health help in the face of traumatic jobs https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/108446024/change-in-job-sees-spike-in-fenz-personnel-utilising-counselling-services

The effect of group involvement on post-disaster mental health: A longitudinal multilevel analysis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953618306403?dgcid=author

What happens when people experience a disaster or traumatic event? https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/wildfire.aspx?utm_content=1543346135&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Study explores stress in Hurunui which has been rocked by quakes, drought https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12167680

National Mental Health and Wellbeing Study of Police and Emergency Services https://www.beyondblue.org.au/about-us/about-our-work/workplace-mental-health/pes-program/national-mental-health-and-wellbeing-study-of-police-and-emergency-services?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=personalbest_timeline

An Introduction to Crowd Psychology http://www.workingwithcrowds.com/introduction-crowd-psychology/

World-first study of emergency service workers finds higher risk of distress and suicidal thoughts https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-29/high-rates-of-mental-health-conditions-in-emergency-services/10563902

 

Sociology and Disasters

How do natural hazards affect participation in voluntary association? The social impacts of disasters in Japanese society https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918308070

Spatial quantification of community resilience in contexts where quantitative data are scarce: The case of Muzarabani district in Zimbabwe https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329166637_Spatial_quantification_of_community_resilience_in_contexts_where_quantitative_data_are_scarce_The_case_of_Muzarabani_district_in_Zimbabwe

California Wildfires: Mapping Social Vulnerability https://www.directrelief.org/2018/11/california-wildfires-mapping-social-vulnerability/

If the Lord Is Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise: Religious Attendance and Disaster Recovery in the Deep South https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329191338_If_the_Lord_Is_Willing_and_the_Creek_Don’t_Rise_Religious_Attendance_and_Disaster_Recovery_in_the_Deep_South

A Janus-Faced Resource: Social Capital and Resilience Trade-Offs https://irgc.epfl.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Aldrich-et-al-for-IRGC-Resilience-Guide-Vol-2-2018.pdf

Communities of Color Are More Vulnerable to Wildfires https://eos.org/articles/communities-of-color-are-more-vulnerable-to-wildfires

 

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company. I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/ I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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